BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will contest a 10-race schedule next season, which begins with the annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway on Feb. 2.
The Winter Showdown will once again be a non-point event and the first points race will be held March 24 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The season will conclude at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Nov. 17.
“The trend in the 2018 schedule is to try to limit the travel for the teams, after a pretty extensive travel schedule the last few seasons,” said the SRL’s Brian Olsen. “We have two dates left as ‘Tentative’ at this point, but we will fill one, if not both dates very soon.
“With the support of our contingency sponsors, we’re able to continue the Winner’s Bonus for 2018, which pays a minimum of $5,000 to the winner of each race,” continued Olsen. “Retro Custom Metals has stepped up once again for the series, and will pay $10,000 to win at the spring event at the Bullring on May 5.
“Finally, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will be part of the return of the October Classic at Kern County Raceway the weekend of Oct. 27. The event will feature a full weekend of competition, including the K&N Pro Series,” Olsen concluded.
The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will make its two annual stops at Kern County Raceway (April 14 and Oct. 27) and The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (May 5 and Nov. 17). The series will also visit Madera Speedway twice (March 24 and Sept. 29) and will return to the series’ roots by competing at Stockton Speedway (Aug. 18).
For the seventh consecutive year, Spears Manufacturing will support the SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program, which awards teams a minimum of $1,000 for starting a SPEARS Southwest Tour Series main event after they have competed in three consecutive series races.
Two additional races, slated for June 9 and July 21, will be announced at a later date.